Young Life Tanzania

Reaching the young people of Tanzania

Ministry continues to expand along the 2014 Freedom Walk route. Alexis Kwamy leads an experienced Young Life team as Senior Regional Director of Tanzania and Zanzibar. He developed the town of Arusha near Mt. Kilimanjaro into a vibrant ministry not only for Young Life kids but also for work teams from the U.S., which serve in Young Life camps and then participate in week-long Kili climbs. Alexis and his family recently moved to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania to direct country and regional ministry there.

121,736 teens
reached in Tanzania and counting…

Tanzania

  • Population:60,830,515
  • Main languages: English, Swahili
  • Kids reached by YLA: 121,736

Tanzania summary

Tanzania is located in East Africa, below Kenya and above Mozambique and Malawi. The Indian Ocean laps the Eastern shores, while the Serengeti spreads from the northern region to the border where the snowy cap of Mount Kilimanjaro stands as the tallest point on the continent. Lake Victoria dips down into the northwestern region connecting Tanzania to Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi, while the Congo lies just over the smaller Lake Tanganyika. This peculiar name was the country name before it gained its independence from Britain in 1960. It was then that Tanganyika and Zanzibar joined to compose the nation we know today as Tanzania.

Tanzania is predominantly Christian with some following Muslim practices as well as other folk religions. It is one of the world’s poorest economies in terms of per capita income. Despite this, they have a very high growth rate because of their large tourism industry as well as their natural resources of diamonds, gold and iron. With the largest population in East Africa and the lowest population density, most of its inhabitants are squeezed into two major capitals: Dodoma, the official capital, where the National Assembly meets, and Dar es Salaam (“house of peace” in Arabic), the largest city and commercial center in Tanzania.

Dar es Salaam is situated on the East Coast, where the Indian Ocean is just a few steps from the Young Life Africa and the Middle East training center where our ministry is headquartered and led by SVP Steve Larmey. Senior leadership meetings and training for younger staff take place here throughout the year and the training center serves as a stop for many Young Life guests traveling in the region.

Ministry continues to expand along the 2014 Freedom Walk route. Alexis Kwamy leads an experienced Young Life team as Senior Regional Director of Tanzania and Zanzibar and developed Arusha near Mt. Kilimanjaro into a vibrant ministry not only for Young Life kids but also for work teams from the U.S., which serve in Young Life camps and then participate in week long Kili climbs. Alexis and his family recently moved to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania to direct country and regional ministry there.

Our impact

2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 Growth (2019)
Kids Reached 40,630 67,920 92,700 107,834 121,736 13%
Avg. Kids at Clubs 6,564 10,212 15,735 18,484 12,294 17%
Avg. Kids in Campaigners 2,208 3,882 7,223 9,604 12,294 28%
Number of Ministries 61 79 98 114 126 11%
National Staff 21 19 22 23 23 0%
DGL 13 7 9 7 8 14%
Kids & Leaders to Camp 5,447 6,710 9,192 10,562 0 N/A

Our ministries

Clubs in 15 different cities/areas from West to East. 80 clubs are meeting regularly/weekly in TZ/Zanzibar averaging over 6,500 kids.

Over 12,000 Campaigners meeting for weekly Bible Study and discipled by Young Life leaders.

Prayer Opportunities

For leaders to go deeper in their commitment to love Christ and love kids in Tanzania.

Sustainability of current leaders and more new leaders to be raised up and recruited.

We want to reach more villages and refugee camps (Tanzania has the largest refugee camp in Africa).

More female leaders.

For leadership growth through training and mentoring for the nine DGL students.

Pray for political stability in our country as we are facing a national election next year and local government election this year. Pray that it will not affect our ministry as we are gathered with a lot of teenagers.

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